'My friend told me I looked like a convict', says Kathryn Thomas on her no makeup shoot
RTE star Kathryn Thomas has said she was surprised at the reaction she received from family and friends after her no makeup shoot with LIFE Magazine.
The Voice of Ireland host (36) featured on the cover of the glossy magazine on Sunday and joked that a friend told her she looked 'like a convict', while her mother told her she should have washed her hair.
"I didn't think it was as bad as she thought," Kathryn told The John Murray Show on RTE Radio One. "My mother was like, 'The very least you could have one was wash your hair. I thought it wasn't as bad as they were making it out.
"I don't wear a lot of makeup. People who see me in magazines -that's very constructed, there's a makeup artist, hair stylists and lighting.
"Obviously, it's going to be very different [in real life]".
Kathryn featured alongside Roz Purcell, Pippa O'Connor, Mary Kennedy, Lisa Murphy, Holly Carpenter and Jackie Lavin in the spread, shot by Kip Carroll, and she said she was more interested in seeing everyone's else face cosmetics free.
"I was more interested looking at everyone else's face inside and reading their stories and seeing how sometimes different they looked and you can see how makeup enhances features. Sometimes you think they look better pared back," she added.
The Carlow native admitted to having a low-key beauty regime in her day-to-day life, but is well accustomed to undergoing image overhauls for her high profile presenting work.
"This is the age of high definition television," she told the show. "Every pore, every line, every crease is now visible - there's now a thing as high definition makeup.
"I come home from The Voice or Operation Transformation and Padraig has a little stare and thinks I look a bit like a drag queen. It is in the flesh - it's quite shocking, considering I'm someone who doesn't wear a lot."
As one of the most successful stars in the state broadcaster, Kathryn said she had the odd experience of watching all her work over 15 years last summer during a pitch for a US agent.
"I started [presenting] at 21, I'm 36 now, so people have seen me age in front of their eyes," she explained.
"Last year, I was doing a showreel going over to the States and I had to collect all the work I've done since the age of 21. I started on a Friday and three days later, I'd aged 20 years. You can see every year how I aged and how different I looked."
"I'm suppose I'm lucky because i have great skin - my mother never wears makeup, same with my grandmother. For some women, it's such a security blanket."
"We always put pressure on ourselves and I don't thin just because you wear makeup, you're insecure. For a lot of women, makeup gives them confidence. These photographs have made people talk and question if they could go without makeup for a week."
And her other half, restaurateur Padraig, prefers her laid-back look over full glamour.
"When I wear very little, he says I look great," Kathryn said. "Then, whenever I don't wear makeup, the one thing someone says is 'you look very tired'.
"I wouldn't go out to a restaurant or night out without makeup. I have no problem going shopping, the gym, but I feel more confident and sexier when I'm wearing makeup so I would imagine that would be the case for most women."